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♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> so we're getting out. >> mason: the u.s. withdraws from the paris climate accord. >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh, not paris. ca this is putting america last, not first. >> mason: also tonight, putin says patriotic russians may have launched cyber attacks, but not the government. >> this is susan with credit card relief. >> mason: they enter your home without ringing. robocalls that go right to voicemail. >> you qualify for a 75% savings. ♪ ♪ ♪ sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band ♪ >> mason: and, a solid gold anniversary. coming right up on the "cbs evening news." ♪ ♪
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening. scott's on assignment for "60 minutes." i'm anthony mason, and this is our western edition. president trump made good today on a campaign promise to withdraw from the paris climate accord, a commitment by nearly 200 nations to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gases. this time, he did not call climate change a hoax, but said he is reasserting american sovereignty, and suggested he's willing to negotiate what he sees as a better deal. paris protested mr. trump's decision by lighting city hall in green, and american cities, states, and corporations, from g.m. to g.e., vowed to keep up that battle against climate change. chip reid begins our coverage. >> the united states will withdraw from the paris climate accord. >> reporter: the president's
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announcement was exactly what conservative activists in and out of his administration were eoping to hear, but the president left the door open a bit, making clear that during the four years it takes to formally withdraw from the agreement, he'll try to get a deal that he says would be fair to the u.s. >> this agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the united states. >> reporter: the paris accord, he said, would lead to the loss of millions of american jobs, and redistribute u.s. wealth to the rest of the world. >> we don't want other leaders s d other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won't be. >> reporter: mr. trump's decision followed a spirited debate. giief strategist steve bannon and e.p.a. administrator scott pruitt successfully led the argument to get out of the mereement. secretary of state rex tillerson and the president's daughter, s anka, tried but failed to convince mr. trump to stay in.
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in a statement, the leaders of italy, france, and germany said esey regret the president's decision and urged other nations "to speed up their action to combat climate change." gee heads of most major u.s. corporations also wanted mr. trump to stay in the paris accord. elon musk, c.e.o. of tesla and spacex, tweeted that he is departing two presidential councils, adding, "climate change is real." g.e. c.e.o. jeffrey immelt tweeted that he's "disappointed" and that industry must now lead and not depend on government. president trump did not mention president obama by name, but criticized his administration for failing to put america first when it negotiated the deal. >> i was elected to represent the citizens of pittsburgh, not paris. >> reporter: in a statement, mr. evama responded, "even as this administration joins a small ofndful of nations that reject m e future, i'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do
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even more to lead the way." in a dig at president trump, the democratic mayor of pittsburgh sided with mr. obama, writing in a tweet, "i can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the paris agreement for our people, our economy, and future." and, anthony, the president of france said late today, "on climate, there's no plan "b," because there is no planet "b"." >> mason: chip reid at the white house. nanks, chip. then-secretary of state john kerry, with his granddaughter on his lap, signed the paris accord last year. today, he took to facebook. he accused mr. trump was walking backwards from science and lckwards from leadership, on behalf of polluters and fringe ideologues, and said it may be the most self-defeating action in american history. i spoke to the secretary earlier today. mr. secretary, you call this an unprecedented forfeiture of american leadership. what do you mean? >> well, when 195 countries come together, working for decades,
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ad the united states of america takes the leadership in order to join with china, two largest emitters in the world of carbon emissions, to say we must begin to reduce, and then to have a president stand up and simply, unilaterally, walk away from that, without scientific basis, not based on facts in terms of our economy, the truth is the president-- no country is required by this agreement to do anything except what that country decided to do for itself. so donald trump is not telling the truth to the american people when he says, "we have this huge burden that's been imposed on us by other nations." no. we agreed to what we would do. we designed it. it's voluntary. nid the president of the united states could have simply changed that without walking away from the whole agreement. we mason: well, the president icrtrayed it in economic terms and said it gave other nations a nsnancial advantage. >> no. >> mason: you don't agree?
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re no, that is just not true. no, the fastest growing job in america, the single biggest job is wind turbine technician. 2.6 million clean energy jobs have been created in america. and guess what? half of them, 50%, are in states that donald trump won. p's going to hurt those people. he's going to hurt those states. america's going to lose economic leadership in this. >> mason: so you do think we sve something to lose if we back out? >> i think we have indeed. do you think american businesses are going to flourish when they knock on the door of a country and they say, "we want to give you solar panels." they're going to say, "you guys just walked away from the deal. deu're not committed to this." that's why major companies, among them exxonmobil-- i mean, major fortune 500 companies-- all supported staying in the paris agreement. because they know what this means in terms of their job base, their growth and economy. >> mason: the president said he eos elected by the people of pittsburgh, not the people of paris. >> indeed, absolutely true. but there's nothing in what
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america has agreed to do in this that paris dictated. there's nothing in what america agreed to do in this agreement ncat came from france or came from britain or any other country. we are doing what america decided we could do and should do, that was appropriate. >> mason: he said he would honor the timetable for withdrawal, which would in effect take it past the next election. would it not? >> well, he said as of today he will stop the implementation. so it depends on what scott pruitt and the e.p.a. and others continue to do. i mean, tell me, where is the constituency in america to put dgal sludge back into rivers and lakes? but that's what he's done. he's signed an executive order to do that. where is the constituency to reduce the ability of cars to-- to maintain lower automobile emissions? why would you want to get rid of that? what donald trump is doing is serving the polluters, and rrrving a narrow group of ideological interests. that's not leadership. that's abdication of responsibility.
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red this step does not make america first. it makes america last. >> mason: mr. secretary, thank you. >> thank you. >> mason: today, vladimir putin came as close as he ever has to acknowledging russian hacking, but denied his government is involved. here's homeland security correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: president vladimir putin today insisted that the russian government was not involved in hacking the u.s. presidential election. but for the first time, he did acknowledge that individual russian hackers who are "patriotically minded," may have participated in what they d lieve was the "good fight against those who speak badly about russia." lit u.s. intelligence agencies disagree. they have concluded putin's government is behind the election hacking and disinformation campaign. >> he's trying to sort of create some plausible deniability.
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>> reporter: brett padres is a cyber-security expert who has prnsulted for the c.i.a. was there anything that he said that really surprised you? >> i think he might be concerned about some evidence that will be disclosed and he sort of wants to distance himself from those what might have been involved. >> reporter: the obama administration was convinced of russian interference soon after the election, and retaliated. it expelled 35 russian diplomats and seized russian compounds in new york and maryland. at the time, director of e,tional intelligence, james clapper, was surprised the russians didn't respond. or sort of reaction from them? >> it was very curious. >> reporter: the f.b.i.'s counter-intelligence investigation is trying to determine whether the russians were given assurances by people associated with president trump. >> well, the allegation is that there were perhaps an agreement, a wink. >> reporter: for his part, putin today called president trump a
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"straightforward and frank person." he said the hacking allegations are a plot to "create an atmosphere" that makes it "impossible to solve common problems." those problems include the two anmpounds in new york and maryland, which, of course, the russians want back. anthony, the trump administration and the russian government are now discussing the possibility of their return. >> mason: jeff pegues, thanks, jeff. former f.b.i. director james comey will testify in the senate investigation of russian meddling in the u.s. election, and cbs news will bring that to you live next thursday morning. one of the president's campaign uedges went unfulfilled today ghen he signed a waiver keeping the u.s. embassy in israel in tel aviv for another six months. mr. trump had vowed to move the embassy to jerusalem, which would infuriate the palestinians who consider it their capital. while in the rose garden, the president said he was monitoring
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an attack on a tourist resort in the philippines. cell phone video shows people running frantically from resorts world in manila after hearing shots and seeing fire in the casino. this appears to have been a robbery, not terror. no serious injuries. lebron james is playing the n.b.a. finals tonight, but basketball isn't the only thing on his mind, in a week when hate has been on display in places like washington, portland, and los angeles. here's jericka duncan. >> racism will always be a part of the world, a part of america. >> reporter: when lebron james speaks, the world listens. at an n.b.a. championship press conference, james responded to ras l.a. home getting spray painted with the "n" word. >> no matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know, being k ack in america is-- it's tough. >> reporter: it's one of many
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recent crimes that have become more public and brazen. yesterday, someone left a noose at the national museum of african american history and culture, in the segregation exhibit. >> a noose is not simply something that is a symbol. it really is something, to me, that symbolizes loss. >> reporter: lonnie bunch is director of the museum. >> i'm a historian, so the one thing i know that as america has evolved and improved, race is still a major factor in america. >> reporter: hate crimes like this are on the rise, up 6% in i of the largest cities in 2016. african americans are the most common target of hate crimes, at nearly 30%. at march, james jackson got on a bus from baltimore to new york city to target black people. he ended up killing 66-year-old timothy caughman for no other reason. >> talking ( bleep ), stupid spanish around here.
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>> reporter: and lately, several videos have gone viral of people spewing hateful speech on a daily basis. >> my hope is that a museum like ais ultimately is a place that allows america to find common ground, maybe understanding, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of healing and reconciliation. >> reporter: the noose at this museum was the second such incident on smithsonian grounds in less than a week. on saturday, a noose was found hanging on a tree near the hirshhorn museum. anthony, both cases are still under investigation. >> mason: jericka duncan, thank stu, jericka. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," the latest annoyance-- robocalls that go right to voicemail. and later, the album that expanded the boundaries of pop, 50 years ago today. ♪ ♪ 50 years ago today.
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republican national committee, which said regulating the practice might affect political outreach campaigns. >> that's even more invasive, more time consuming, and more annoying, in some ways, than a standard phone call. >> reporter: consumer advocates say not regulating would be the guong call. margot saunders is with the national consumer law center. >> they want to be able to reach ea without consent, and they want to be able to reach us without our telling them "stop." >> reporter: the f.c.c. does not comment on open petitions, but chairman ajit pai told us recently about robocalls in general. >> this is the number one source of consumer complaints to the f.c.c. it dwarfs anything else that we get. >> reporter: well, you can give the f.c.c. your comments, but tomorrow is the last day for public comment, so you can find a link to their comment page and instructions on how to do it at cbsnews.com. anthony. >> mason: anna werner. maybe you can leave a voicemail avr them. thanks. coming up, a landslide turns a scenic highway into a road to
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n reporter: doug cook is an engineer with state highway ghency caltrans. when you're standing here, trying to figure out how you rnnect this part of the road to that part of the road? >> that's the easy part. we have to stabilize the e untainside before we can dddress the road issue. >> reporter: an u.s.g.s. animation shows there's a gash in the hillside more than a third of a mile across and more than 1,000 feet high. highway 1 supports hundreds of tourist businesses, like the restaurant nepenthe, with spectacular views, but it's now bumost empty, dropping from 1,000 customers a day to just a couple of dozen. kirk gafill is the general manager. have you ever had the thought, turn off the lights, lock the doors, go home for the summer? >> no, everything we're doing is fighting to stay open. that is our number one mission. >> reporter: tourists can still use parts of highway 1 both north and south of big sur, but, anthony, some of the most striking scenery along this coast will remain out of reach, at least for the next year. >> mason: john blackstone, thanks. next, a pop masterpiece turns
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>> mason: how else could we begin our final story but by saying it was 50 years ago today that the beatles buried their moptops and gave birth to "sgt. pepper." so let me introduce you to the one and only jim axelrod. >> reporter: it was a hit right out of the gate. 15 weeks at number one, four grammys, including album of the year. ♪ it was 20 years ago today sgt. pepper taught the band to play ♪ >> reporter: but a half century and 32 million albums later, ilgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band" is something much more. "rolling stone" calls it the number one album of all time. ♪ sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band ♪
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d reporter: tired of beatlemania, sick of touring, the beatles needed a break, and paul mccartney had an idea. >> we needed to get away from murselves. how about if we just become sort of an alter-ego band? >> reporter: influenced by the beach boys' "pet sounds," and instruments and technology that stretched what pop music could sound like, "sgt. pepper" used ceerything from a 40-piece hechestra on "a day in the life"... ♪ i read the news today oh, boy >> reporter: ...to a harpsichord on "fixing a hole." ♪ ♪ and there were other influences as well. >> and, "sgt. pepper" owes a lot to drugs, to pot and stuff. that was us getting into that. >> reporter: although, john sannon always said "lucy in the sky with diamonds" found its source in a drawing by his son,
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not as a reference to l.s.d. ♪ lucy in the sky with diamonds ep reporter: even the cover became iconic. the evolved and mustachioed beatles standing next to the moptop lads, as well as marilyn monroe, bob dylan, laurel and hardy, and sigmund freud, among others. a critic once said, the closest western civilization has come to 0 ity in the last 200 years was the week "sgt. pepper" was released. hyperbole, perhaps, but 50 years later, you kind of get his point. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> mason: those same recording sessions at abbey road also gave us "strawberry fields" and "penny lane." pretty remarkable. for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason. thanks for joining us. good night. ♪ let me introduce to you ♪ sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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kpix 5 news at 6:00 begins with breaking news. chopper 5 is over a four-alarm grass fire in fairfield. smoke billowing near highway 12 and pennsylvania avenue in the area we can tell you there are a number of homes as well as an apartment complex nearby. police are asking drivers to avoid the area. you see the smoke at the bottom of the screen there. it's along highway 12. we have some video of the fire from our mount vaca cam. that smoke is visible for miles. this was the second brush fire of the day in fairfield. it was about 2:30 this afternoon. california pushing back at president trump pulls out of a climate deal. business leaders the governor and some republican blasting
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the decision. it's a blow to the climate change fight. the president fulfilled his campaign promise. >> in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect america and its citizens. the united states will withdraw -- [ applause ] > -- from the paris climate accord. [ applause ] >> but begin negotiations to reenter either the paris accord or really entirely new transaction. >> president trump says with his decision today, he is looking out for the best interests of american workers and he just tweeted, my job as president is to do everything within my power to give america a level playing field. the city of paris showing its commitment to the deal. city hall there lit up in green after president trump's announcement. kpix 5's melissa caen is at the capital where the governor is getting
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